Galapagos Islands Animals, Up Close

IgoUgo members call the Galapagos Islands "enchanting" and "wondrous," and one traveler says, "I hope the peacefulness I felt during our visit will stay with me always." Need some peace and enchantment today? Look no further than these photos of the islands' incredible residents.

Close-up on a colony of marine iguanas.

Photo by wheretogonext

A Galapagos tortoise takes a bite out of Santa Cruz Island.

Photo by tknterry

A Rabida Island sea lion roars (or yawns).

Photo by Owen Lipsett

A blue-footed booby busts a move.

Photo by mmorse

A baby fur seal mugs at Puerto Egas.

Photo by Owen Lipsett

Two aggressive tortoises face off.

Photo by mmorse

A sea lion takes a snooze.

Photo by mmorse

This pelican is enjoying the mangroves of Baltra Island.

Photo by Shady Ady

Nap time for a sea lion pup and his mom.

Photo by wheretogonext

A male frigatebird inflates his gular sac in hopes of attracting a date.

Photo by wheretogonext

A sea lion lines up for boarding on Baltra Island.

Photo by mmorse

This land iguana calls the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island home.

Photo by Shady Ady

Galapagos penguins take in the view.

Photo by Owen Lipsett

Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle at Puerto Egas.

Photo by Owen Lipsett